The professional renaissance folks at Parker's Services, Inc. keep abodes in working order with a wide-ranging slate of home improvement services that include everything from landscaping and painting to flooring and carpentry. The contractors help homeowners whittle away at household to-do lists and neutralize anxieties about shaggy lawns, peeling paint, or cracked drywall. The team schedules routine visits, perfect for keeping lawns under control all year-round, or one-time engagements typical of major jobs such as repairing plumbing, installing drywall, or sitting in for you at this month's book club.
Covering everything from algebra to physics, the lessons taught on Virtual Nerd include all the dressings of a real-world classroom—teachers, whiteboards, note-taking devices—plus the distinct advantage of pause-and-play learning. The site boasts many useful tools, including the Dynamic Whiteboard, which keeps a running list of notes that students can use to review or to dive even deeper into the subject at hand. Students can also examine symbols and formulas as lessons progress. Virtual Nerd offers two distinct types of learning: month-long instruction and online boot camps. The former includes tutorials and study materials that supplement traditional classroom learning. The latter is intended to present students with a grab bag of study materials, including a customized list of tutorials, practice problems, and quizzes. Regardless of subject matter, all lessons support Virtual Nerd’s mission to provide convenient, interactive learning for a fraction of the cost of hiring a tutor or kidnapping a Teletubby.
Historic, picturesque Laclede's Landing is the backdrop for the "Kick It On The Cobblestones" block party, a fundraising event for area youth-sports organizations. In keeping with the sports theme, participants can enter for a chance to win tickets to the soccer game between Real Madrid and Inter Milan at the Edward Jones Dome at 1 p.m., and youngsters can compete in soccer challenges in the hopes of winning prizes. The full-day event isn't just about sports, though. Crowds can boogie to live tunes by R&B-tinged rockers Dirty Muggs and eclectic quintet El Scorcho. They can also wield their tickets for discounts at area establishments all weekend, including $3 off adult admission at the Wax Museum, a free handcrafted beer with lunch or dinner at Morgan Street Brewery, and half off apparel at other local businesses.
With more than 11 years of cross-country dance experience, Almas Del Ritmo Dance Company LLC's artistic director and certified Zumba instructor Carmen Guynn promotes cultural awareness during a range of Latin and Afro-Caribbean dance classes, including Zumba, salsa, and bachata. The dance haven derives its name from the Spanish words for soul and rhythm, which Guynn hopes will inspire her students to summon their inner selves on the dance floor without toting along heavy x-ray machines. In addition, the studio donates money to charities such as International Crisis Aid, Feed the City, and the Ronald McDonald House.
Artists. Designers. Musicians. Community activists. The photographers behind Brea Photography are all of these things, which infuse their images with warmth, passion, and detail. Their style also exhibits a touch of vintage appeal. Black-and-white photos capture candid shots of casually dressed families as they crowd on the couch and share laughs. Other portraits show how muted colors can pop with a little contrast. This classic approach, blended with modern techniques, can be applied to all sessions, including weddings, headshots, and maternity.
For weddings, Brea Photography goes the extra mile to ensure that the bride and groom only have to worry about saying "I do." The photographers not only photograph the event, but also show up with safety pins, super glue, and power bars for cases of wardrobe malfunctions or growling stomachs that might standup and object the wedding. A thorough checklist agreed upon prior to the wedding makes sure the photography plans go on without a hitch, mapping out photographs for each and every step of the ceremony and reception.
Brea Photography's well-rounded team not only feels a sense of responsibility to their clients, but also to the environment. Throughout the photo-shoot process, they do everything they can to reduce their carbon footprints and keep their handprints from looking like chain-smoking turkeys. For instance, they assemble eco-friendly photo albums, use rechargeable batteries, deliver images to clients electronically, and recycle their old photography gear.